Dan Ashmore named executive head chef of Gordon Ramsay Restaurants in Edinburgh and North of England

Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Deputy Editor

Dan Ashmore has stepped down from his role at The Pompadour to become the new executive head chef of Gordon Ramsay Restaurants in edinburgh and the north of england.

The chef will oversee the group's restaurants as it pursues its expansion across Scotland and the North of England. 

The former executive chef of Dean Banks at The Pompadour, who ran the restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria before it closed its doors in January 2020 and worked at Gleneagles before joining the MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 finalist to relaunch The Pompadour earlier this year, said he was "amazed and excited" to have been given such an opportunity, in what he called "one of those 'how did I end up here' moments."

"Amazing to be working with the man I grew up watching, reading his books and learning from," he said, announcing the move on social media.

"I’d like to thank Dean and the team at The Pompadour for their warm welcome, teachings and advice, as well as understanding. I’ve no doubt they will achieve amazing things and it’s been a privilege to be a small part of it," he added.

First focusing on the hospitality group's expansion in Edinburgh, the chef will continue to pursue plans in Scotland and the North of England as the group seeks to grow its offering there - including the upcoming launch of the first Bread Street Kitchen in Edinburgh.

As well as opening his cookery school in Woking earlier this month, Gordon Ramsay recently announced plans for a second restaurant at The Savoy, The River on October 11th, replacing Kasper's. The seafood restaurant, with a central bar offering oysters, caviar and ceviche will be overseen by executive chef Matt Worswick.

Meanwhile, the company's Street Burger and Street Pizza concepts continue to grow, having recently opened in Islington and Greenwich for the former and in Camden, Battersea, Southwark and Bread Street St Paul's for the latter. 

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Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Deputy Editor 27th September 2021

Dan Ashmore named executive head chef of Gordon Ramsay Restaurants in Edinburgh and North of England